May 13, 1917: The Day the World Changed

An offer made, an offer ignored…such a small thing…as they say, ‘the devil’s in the details’…

May 13, 1917 was a bright sunshiny Sunday and the rocky hillsides were sprinkled with wildflowers when Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta saw the Mother of God, “more brilliant than the sun”, in Lucia’s words.

To Lucia’s questions, the Lady answered, “I am from Heaven”… “Come here for six consecutive months on the thirteenth day at this same hour. I will tell you later who I am and what I want. And I shall return here a seventh time.”

And then, the Virgin Mary made them an offer no true Catholic could refuse: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God to endure all the sufferings that He may choose to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners?” Lucia promptly answered, “Yes! We want to!” “Then you are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”  Continue reading “May 13, 1917: The Day the World Changed”

First Saturdays

Here is a lovely little article on devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially the First Saturdays of Reparation. It is by Father Rostand:

“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly.” By these words St. Louis Marie de Montfort invites us to go to Our Lady as a way leading us to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Fatima our dear Lady reminded us of a special way[1] to honor her: the devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Here is what she said to the three little children:

You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.[2]

On December 10, 1925 the Blessed Virgin Mary said to Lucia:

Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.

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